This Day in Naval History - Feb. 22

Story Number: NNS011213-33Release Date: 12/13/2001 9:40:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1909 - The Great White Fleet returns to Hampton Roads, Va., following its 14-month round-the-world cruise.

1943 - USS Iowa (BB-61), the lead ship of the last class of American fast battleships, is commissioned.

1944 - U.S. Navy Task Group (TG) 39.4, commanded by Capt. Arleigh Burke, bombards Japanese airstrips, pier area, and anchorages at Kavieng, New Ireland Island, while DESRON 12 shells Rabaul.

1945 - USS Becuna (SS 319) sinks Japanese merchant tanker Nichiyoku Maru off Cape Padaran Bay despite the presence of two escort vessels.

1974 - Lt. j.g. Barbara Ann (Allen) Rainey becomes the first Navy-designated female aviator.

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